Physical & Occupational Therapy
Catalina Island Health’s Therapy Services Department provides inpatient care in the acute care hospital setting and community care in the outpatient setting and the home.
Experienced physical therapists provide care for individuals with a variety of injuries and/or illnesses. By integrating skilled treatment techniques with patient and caregiver centered goals and education, our therapists help return patients to their highest level of functioning.
Meet the Therapists
Natalie Latshaw, P.T., D.P.T.
Natalie Latshaw, PT, DPT is Catalina Island Health's permanent physical therapist for our outpatient therapy clinic, as well on the hospital floor. Natalie is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She has a variety of clinical expertise and experience in sports and orthopedics, vestibular and balance disorders, concussion screening and treatment, acute hospital care, long term hospital rehabilitation, and a growing interest in pediatric care.
Avery Joharchi, OTR/L, PT, DPT
Avery Joharchi is a Huntington Beach native who attended Long Beach State with a Sport Psychology degree. Following, she studied in San Diego at the only school in the nation to offer a dual degree program (Master’s in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy). She has a vast background in treating hands, orthopedic and neurological patients. She loves treating individuals at any age and empowering them to live life to their fullest. In her free time, she practices yoga, hikes, snorkels, enjoys traveling and has a love for all animals, especially cats and dogs.
Patrick Brayall, P.T., D.P.T.
Patrick Brayall, P.T., D.P.T. is originally from Maine where he attended the University of Maine for his undergraduate degrees in Business Management. Patrick later attended Franklin Pierce University’s accelerated DPT program and continued on to receive his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors. His areas of interest are geriatric rehabilitation, sports orthopedics, and community wellness.
Brett Pugh, PT, DPT
Originally from Massachusetts, Brett got his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. Brett went to physical therapy school down in Charleston, South Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina. Brett has experience treating varying orthopedic and neurologic conditions, and loves working 1:1 with people to improve their quality of life. In his free time, Brett loves to hike, travel, surf, meet new people and have new experiences.
Physical therapists evaluate and treat patients to improve their strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and mobility skills. Treatment focuses on:
- Spine and extremity rehabilitation
- Sports rehabilitation
- Joint and soft tissue mobilization
- Functional mobility training
- Gait and balance training
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Therapeutic exercise
- Aerobic conditioning
- Pain evaluation and treatment
- Equipment prescription (ambulation devices and orthoses) and training
Occupational therapists assess and treat patients to help them develop, recover, or maintain daily activities. By working to recover physical, sensory, or cognitive ability, occupational therapy helps those recovering from injury, illness, or disability live life to the fullest. Occupational therapy may benefit those with:
- Sensory processing disorders
- Traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
- Post-surgical conditions
- Severe burns
- Chronic illnesses
Catalina Island Fitness & Physical Therapy is a public, state-of-the-art CI Health Fitness Center in the Atwater Arcade to help residents stay active and fit. Discounted rates are available for Catalina Island residents holding subsidy cards. For more information on how to become a member, pricing and passes visit catalinaislandfitness.com.
Open Every Day 7AM-7PM
* Closed on Holidays
119 Sumner Ave, Suite E
Avalon, CA 90704